[Talk-GB] Marking landuse and field boundaries

Dudley Ibbett dudleyibbett at hotmail.com
Tue Jan 1 11:15:09 GMT 2013

My main motivation for getting involved with OSM was to get a better walking map on my garmin.   To this extent I have been adding lots of barriers in the southern part of the Peak District.  So it is being done.  Whilst it is time consuming I wouldn't say it is difficult.  I do survey with a GPS and camera as much as possible, mainly on foot.  It can be difficult to determine the type of barrier from satellite imagery so having pictures to refer to makes it easier.  JOSM supports photo mapping really well.  You do need to check GPS tracks against the imagery and be prepared to adjust the imagery offset.  I wouldn't get overly concerned about the accuracy of the position of the barrier.  A fairly good job can be done with the existing tools available and people can always adjust as these improve.

I must admit I don't map land use if it is farmland.  To me if it isn't mapped it is farmland.  It would seem a reasonable default.

Please give barrier mapping a go as we are out there.


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On 31 Dec 2012, at 22:00, "Graham Jones" <grahamjones139 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I would like to see field boundaries and land uses in OSM, for the same reason as you.   I think the main reason that there are not many in there, is that they are very difficult to survey.  I have just added them from memory when I have been able to remember enough - it is more realistic to add them now that we have high resolution Bing imagery for countryside areas, but it is a lot of work, even from an armchair.
> Graham.
> On 31 December 2012 21:17, Steven Horner <steven at stevenhorner.com> wrote:
>> Personally I would love to see fields (landuse) and the walls/fences that make this up marked on OSM but as per the Wiki this is a complicated area: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Land_use_and_areas_of_natural_land
>> I mapped a small area with landuse and some fences months ago but refrained from doing anymore because not many others appear to be doing it. You can see what I did here: http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=54.72508907318115&lon=-1.7569917440414429&zoom=17
>> Some of this I need to fix, it was my early days of OSM editing.
>> I would love to use OSM one day as a replacement for Explorer (25K) maps but until things like walls/fences are shown it would be hard to do. My idea was to use the OSM to produce some walking guides in printed or static form but they would need this data added for those areas.
>> I know everyones view is different but do others on here use the landuse and barrier=fence tags in the same way or does it make it look too complicated. 
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